All Church of England Schools receive a Section 48 Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) inspection as well as the regular Section 5 Ofsted inspection.

Schools judged to be good or outstanding at their last inspection are to be re-inspected in the fifth year after the end of the academic year within which they were last inspected. Schools judged to be satisfactory or inadequate in their last inspection may be re-inspected as early as in the third year after the end of the academic year within which they were last inspected. This SIAMS inspection will be carried out with no more than 1 week’s notice and the school will be informed of the date by the Diocese.

Within six months of the inspection, Shahne Vickery (Strategic Lead for Christian Distinctiveness) will make a post-inspection visit to the school to discuss supporting and resourcing the school’s development plan with regard to the inspection areas to improve.

In addition to this a mid-term monitoring visit will be carried out to assess progress against the areas of development.  This visit will also include a discussion about RE planning, assessment and data.

SIAMS inspections are carried out by one inspector over one day. The inspection addresses 4 key questions:

  1. How well does the school, through its distinctive Christian character, meet the needs of all learners?
  2. What is the impact of collective worship on the school community?
  3. How effective is the religious education?
  4. How effective is the leadership and management of the school as a church school

For further information about SIAMS inspections within the Diocese of Gloucester, please contact Rachel Howie


SIAMS Templates for Inspectors

Pre-Inspection Plan (with prompts )
Report Template (with prompts)
Report Template
Inspector Record Form
Report Template (annotated)
Inspector Claim Form
Inspector Registration Form

Resources for Church School Inspectors

SIAMS grading criteria traffic light grid
List of documents for SIAMS inspectors
SIAMS Contract
SIAMS National Society self-evaluation model
SIAMS evaluation schedule
Writing SIAMS Inspection Reports

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